CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – 8/23/16 There were about 13 people present: K. Wilkens, P. Hart, James G. (and family), F. Ross, S. Jones, Mickie and Dale (hosts), J. Shaw, L. Beagle, M. Plunkett, K. Lodge (KA1KAL). Mickie reimbursed Larry B. $153.00 for the new tent that we previously agreed to purchase. The Secretaries and Treasurers reports were given. There was a motion to accept. It was seconded, voted upon and passed. Jeff continued his report and a presentation on improvements he’s making to the K1BKE.org, the CARS.org and the ARES.org websites. It was already apparent that the improvements look great and we thank him for his efforts. The three sites will be under a linked umbrella site known as CLUB-radio.org. Noted that the Boxboro Flea Market will be coming up on Sept. 9-11, 2016. The next three presentations for (more…)


The following is excerpted and reinterpreted from articles I’ve been reading in certain commercially based publications provided to those who are responsible for making plans and purchases for emergency related municipal and other communications services. It seems that the FCC is planning to set aside certain channels specifically for interoperability between such agencies as Police, Fire, Homeland Security and others.  In some discussions these channels may appear in commonly used VHF and UHF bands such as 150-170 MHz and 450-475 MHz bands. In other cases there are plans to use certain 700 MHz frequencies or even other ones not yet specifically identified.  Of course certain communications currently occurring in some of these frequencies will have to be accomodated by reallocation or otherwise scrunched and pushed and shoved around a bit, to make it all fit together.   Remember there are only so many fequencies (more…)

K1DFQ – Wilfred “Frenchy” French – SK

In Memory of Wilfred French “Frenchy” K1DFQ Frenchy became a ham radio operator in 1957. He took his Novice test at Evans Radio in Concord, NH. This was a great place to buy used equipment at a reasonable price. His first transmitter was a Viking Adventurer which he purchased there. He soon upgraded to General and then Advanced. He operated on all bands and believed you should have an antenna for every band. His favorite part of the hobby was “rag chewing”. He enjoyed getting on 10 meters in the evening with club members W1MAS Bob, K1BKE Bob, K1BGI Ken, K1HMH Phil, W1HTI Dean, K1CKL Sid and many others. All silent keys. He would spend many evenings on 2 meters with his good friend K1OXO Vic. He enjoyed hill topping and always had a mobile radio. He helped get the first repeater up on (more…)


  CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – Aug. 9, 2016 There were 23 people present tonite. President Pat has another new call which is now W1UD. Larry Beagle began a demonstration on the Alpha Military Antenna, using the new Icom 7100 radio. Frank (N1FDR), made a variety of announcements of volunteer, community activities, which are upcoming involving ARES and also requests for additional help from the CVRC. He mentioned bike and boat races, walks, runs, etc. all of which will involve many many miles of radio coverage as well as dates going into the fall, etc. etc. The Treasurer’s and Secretaries reports were given. It was moved, seconded, voted and passed to approve both reports. Pete Jones showed some inexpensive golf ball (telescoping) retrievers which he got very inexpensively, which could perhaps double as adjustable vertical antennas. Jeff Shaw reported on some changes (more…)

The Future K1BKE.ORG

Well, what do you all think?  This is just the start of what K1BKE.ORG will be.  You can see the Twitter feed, events calendar, and some of the old club documents already. There are 5 banners and the idea is to add a new one from the pictures that we take over the year. The forums are a work in progress.  We need to work out user controls and make sure the subscription works as it should. We are looking at various image posting systems and more. The key to this site will be that we all work on posting and making it a great portal for the club between meetings.  The options are endless. (more…)

K1FLI – Frank L. Irvine – SK

In Memory of Frank L. Irvine K1FLI Frank L. Irvine, a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, passed away in Concord on July 27, 2016, at the age of 81.  The son of Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, he was born in Nashua on August 29, 1934.  He graduated from Nashua High School and earned degrees from Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School.  He was married to Frances (Allen) Irvine on October 3, 1959, and they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last year. He served as a member of U.S. Army Intelligence, and later as an Army chaplain in Virginia, Korea and California.  He was the minister of multiple churches in Maine and New Hampshire and co-director of the Department of Pastoral Services at New Hampshire Hospital before co-founding a group practice of pastoral psychotherapy in 1979.  He left the (more…)